1. Jay-Z f/ Puff Daddy & Lil Kim "I Know What Girls Like" (1997)
Producer: Sean "Puffy" Combs, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen Album: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 Label: Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam
Complex says: Jay-Z has publicly admitted that he can no longer listen to In My Lifetime Vol. 1, saying that he messed up the album by forcing certain songs in order to sell records. Hov maintains that a few tweaks to the tracklist could have resulted in his second classic in a row. We know what exact song he should have cut, "I Know What Girls Like."
Some of the best songs on that album, including “Imaginary Player,” “Where I’m From,” and “You Must Love Me,” were produced by Puffy and The Hitmen. But “I Know What Girls Like” was a mistake.
Normally focused on intricate rhyme schemes and descriptive accounts of his street dealings, Jay showed on "What Girls Like" that making dance records was a glaring weakness in his game. He's easily outmuscled by the beat, and Lil Kim sings an uninspired hook that left fans wondering how a collabo that looked so good turned out to be the worst song of Jay's entire catalog.